What's New @ Home – 'Lovebirds,' 'Tokyo Godfathers,' 'Trial by Fire'

Check out a few of the best films premiering this week on VOD and streaming platforms.

By Jesse Conner

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The Lovebirds (New on Netflix – Fri., May 22)

Once set for release by Paramount in March, this buzzed-about flick was headed for a splashy SXSW premiere before coronavirus stole the headlines. Now it'll debut this Friday on Netflix, and given the premise and stars, it should perform quite well. Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani star as a couple caught in dire circumstances after witnessing a murder. On the run, they do their best to lift themselves out of the situation and keep their relationship afloat.

Available Friday on: Netflix

Tokyo Godfathers (New to Own on VOD)

The critically acclaimed Japanese anime from 2003 is newly available for streaming on VOD. Directed and co-written by Satoshi Kon, the original story involves three homeless folks – a teen runaway, a middle-aged alcoholic, and an ex-drag queen – that discover a baby on Christmas Eve while rummaging through the trash on the streets of Tokyo. They spend the rest of the night searching the city for the baby's parents.

The critically acclaimed Japanese anime from 2003 is newly available for streaming on VOD. Directed and co-written by Satoshi Kon, the original story involves three homeless folks – a teen runaway, a middle-aged alcoholic, and an ex-drag queen – that discover a baby on Christmas Eve while rummaging through the trash on the streets of Tokyo. They spend the rest of the night searching the city for the baby's parents.

Now Available on: Prime Video Rent/Own, iTunes

Trial by Fire (New on Hulu)

Laura Dern and Jack O'Connell ("Sing Street") star in this Edward Zwick ("Glory") directed 2019 drama that was somewhat overlooked in its limited theatrical release but is well worth a watch with its debut on Hulu. Cameron Todd Willingham (O'Connell) is a young, uneducated and poor heavy metal fan in Texas who's convicted of an arson-related triple homicide. Elizabeth Gilbert (Dern) is a Houston mom of two who comes to believe in Willingham's innocence, and spends her time while he's on death row battling the state to expose new evidence.

Now Available on: Hulu, Prime Video Rent/Own, Google Play, YouTube, Vudu

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